VIDEO: Nepalese stars do the curry house rock!

Barnstaple Mayor greets Asian ‘superstars’ during special restaurant visit

A QUIET Barnstaple shopping street was given a loud – and unusual – awakening by two of Nepal’s leading entertainment lights earlier today (Monday).

Folk singer Komal Oli and political comedian Manoj Gajurel both gave lively impromptu performances during a lunchtime visit to the Gurkha Nepalese restaurant in Market Street.

The performers are well-known to millions of people in their native Nepal, as well as many more around the world, with thousands of clips on YouTube bearing testimony to their popularity.

And they showed their star quality in front of a small invited audience including Mayor of Barnstaple Ian Roome.


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Within minutes of the visitors’ arrival the curry house became a hive of dance and song, with Cllr Roome among those who jumped at the chance to try out some Nepalese dancing for themselves.

“It was a real pleasure to be invited to meet two of Nepal’s biggest stars,” said Cllr Roome.

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“To be able to welcome such distinguished visitors to the town just goes to show the richness of culture we have in Barnstaple.”

The entertainers are spending three days in Barnstaple as part of a tour of Nepalese communities in the Britain and Europe.

Singer Komal Oli thanked restaurant owner Som Bhetwal for promoting Nepal and Nepalese people in Barnstaple and presented the Mayor with a copy of her most recent DVD.

“We are a very poor country economically but our heart is very big,” she said.

CLICK on the link to the right to see a video clip of the afternoon’s fun.

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